The Canadian government recently came out with a new gambling bill that works on economic reconciliation with First Nations and improving respect when it comes to these communities’ gaming rights.
The issue that the Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke has when it comes to this gambling bill is that it will disrupt their established gaming industry. With this bill, First Nations will be allowed to license and regulate iGaming activities in their territories. However, Chief Mike Delisle Jr. from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke expressed that this bill still lacks what they want. He explained that by signing this bill, the Kahnawàke would have to follow the Ontario market’s framework, which is far from what they recognize in their community.
This new gambling bill would also allow for a new joint commission that would further help build a bridge between the communities. But this doesn’t seem to be a good compromise for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke.
The only solution that the Kahnawàke see is for Canada to improve gambling laws and better terms for the First Nations.
This isn’t the first time that the Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke has had issues with the Ontario market. Last year they took the Ontario government to court over the claim that the Ontario government’s regulatory process goes against the Canadian constitution.
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